Most Populated States In Nigeria{Updated Lists}

The Most Populated States In Nigeria

Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa, with an average of over 182 million people.

This figure is distributed amongst each state, with some states having more people than some.

Lagos is the most populated state in Nigeria with 21 million people.

The population of each state increases over the year; this is because of the high birth rate and also when the immigration is more than its emigration.

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Let’s take a look at the top 10 most populated states in Nigeria

Top 10 Most Populous States In Nigeria And Their Figures

 CountryAverage Figures
1Lagos State21 million People
2Kano State16 million People
3Oyo State15 million People
4Kaduna State12 Million People
5Rivers State11 Million People
6Katsina State10 Million People
7Bauchi State9 million People
8Anambra State8.5 Million People
9Jigawa State8 Million People
10Benue State7.5 Million People

Lists of The Most Populated States In Nigeria


1) Lagos

Aside from its high rating on the most developed and the most beautiful state, Lagos is also the most populated state in Nigeria currently and the richest state in Nigeria.

As of 2006 Lagos recorded 7,682,953 people living in it but in the year 2012, the population of Lagos state increased to 17.5 million.

Currently, Lagos state has a population of 21 million people. This figure is based on recent data collated from the survey by the UN.

2) Kano

Kano is the second most populated state in Nigeria with a total number of 16 million people.

Kano is the Largest State with most local governments in Nigeria but not the most populous state in Nigeria.

In 2006 Kano possess 9,383,682 people but recently Kano recorded 16 million, which is an increase of more than 3 million people though it lost its position as the first.

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3) Oyo

At the time of Nigerian independence in 1960, the Oyo state was the largest and most populous city in Nigeria.

In the year 2006 Oyo state dropped to 3rd position and still maintained this position up till now. Oyo state is the third most populated state in Nigeria

4) Kaduna 

Kaduna is the number 4 most populated state in Nigeria, the Hausa and Fulani ethnic groups dominate Kaduna state.

Kaduna state is also a home for education as it has the highest number of institutions in it.

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5) Rivers

Apart from its oil production Rivers is also a populated state with an average of 11 million people; this made it among the top 5 most populated and developed states in Nigeria.

According to the 2006 report Rivers, the state population was 5 million.

Note: Port Harcourt, which is the capital of Rivers state, is the most populated city in the state.

6) Kastina

Kastina is a popular state in Nigeria because two presidents emerged from it (Late Yar’adua and Siting President Buhari.)

This state was created in the year 1988 during Gen. Ibrahim Babangida’s regime as they were part of the old Kaduna state.

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7)  Bauchi

Bauchi is a popular state but a poor one, but it finds itself on the top 10 spots on the most populated state in Nigeria.

It also is the 5th largest state in Nigeria by landmass.

8) Anambra

Anambra is a popular state due to its high trading activity.

Onitsha and Nnewi, these two cities are very busy with trading/business activities.

Aside from its population, Anambra is a core business state and Onitsha is among the biggest in West Africa.

In 2006 the population of Anambra was 4 million but currently, it increased to about 8.3 million people.

Anambra state is the only eastern state to be among the lists of top 10 most populated states in Nigeria

9) Jigawa

This state is also dominated by the Hausa and Fulani ethnic groups just like Kaduna state.

Jigawa state is among the top 10 most populated states in Nigeria.

10) Benue

Benue state which its slogan is “Food Basket of the Nation” which is a popular state well known for the food produce.

Benue state is among the most populated state in Nigeria with an average of 7.8 million people.

Recently the population of Benue state is reducing in numbers because of the high rate of insecurity, the terror of the Fulani Herds Men made people leave the state for the fear of losing their lives.